December 12, 2012

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and The National Youth Sports Health & Safety Institute (NYSHSI) welcomed a delegation of Chinese sport dignitaries to the ACSM National Center in Indianapolis on December 11, 2012. Six youth sports administrators from the General Administration of Sport of China, the Youth Sport Training Center Hebei Provincial Administration of Sport, and the Sport Administration of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region were in the United States for a swift organizational tour which also included stops at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) while in Indianapolis, along with other relevant visits in Washington D.C. and New York on their return to Beijing.

All of our special guests play a key role in youth sports, youth sports policy and regulation, and youth sports research and development within their respective organizations. The primary goal of their trip was to gain an understanding of youth sports programming and its management system in the United States and to better appreciate the youth sports experience, education of young athletes, and the promotion and academic integration of physical education in U.S. schools. They also wanted to learn how the government and relevant institutions in the U.S. utilize policies and laws to promote youth sports and protect young athletes.

Continued discussion with these Chinese administrators and organizations and ACSM-NYSHSI will follow in 2013 to look for partnership and collaborative research opportunities.